QUILTBAG, LGBT+ and Queer Friendly Shows

There’s gradually becoming more and more shows with good LGBT+ rep but even so, it’s still difficult for me to find shows. This is because most of the rep comes from contemporary stories, not the sci-fi and fantasy that I love. I have found some, and some generally awesome LGBT+ shows, that I decided to share with you. (And considering that my shows and movies are almost as important to me as my books, you had to know this would happen.)

There are very few shows that I have seen that are as LGBT+ friendly as Sense8. It’s a story about eight people from all over the world that can…well, the Netflix site says: eight people that can telepathically experience each other’s lives. Beyond the amazing rep this is a very interesting show. The rep includes: trans, gay, lesbian and one secondary romance interest that basically says she loves the person not the parts. Oh, yeah, and by the way, there is a canon poly relationship being built at the end of the show! Beyond that, there’s racial diversity and some totally amazing characters. (Trigger warning for the trans character getting misgendered by her mother and the early plot with her concerns her mother wanting to get her lobotomized and her being held against her will at the hospital.)

Even though you probably already know about this show, and it is very much not SF/F, a list like this would not be complete without The Fosters. It’s about lesbian foster mothers and the kids they take in. Rep over the series includes: lesbian, gay, trans and possibly genderqueer. And some people say bi, but I’m not remembering that at the moment. There is also a spinoff/sequel to the series featuring my two favorite characters: Mariana and Callie. (I haven’t started it yet, but I am hoping for some typically awesome rep!)

Legends of Tomorrow is probably one of the queerest and most LGBT+ friendly shows on TV today. (It is also turning out to be quite feminist.) It’s also my favorite show, so you know I recommend it hugely. It’s got amazing cast and characters, and fun stories. It builds on the LGBT+ friendliness of other DC shows – which I would also like to take a moment to mention. The Arrow, (which is where our bi girl, Sara, comes from) The Flash and Supergirl are all worth a watch. Also, if you didn’t know about it, DC will be giving us a Batwoman TV series, featuring out lesbian Kate Kane.

While there may not be a whole lot of LGBT+ rep in The Shannara Chronicles, one of our three main characters (pictured above) is a bi girl and she likes the other two main characters in season one. In season two, she gets a girlfriend.

At the risk of opening a can of worms, I am putting The Magicians on this list. Some people love the show, some people hate it. Same with the LGBT+ rep herein. Personally, I like the show – not to say it’s flawless, because it’s not. If you interested, I turn you loose on all the people ‘yay’ing and ‘nay’ing it and will just say, I like it. (Rep? I think pretty much everyone is bi. Well, okay, several people I think are. And we also get a F/M/M sex scene.)

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Considering I’m primarily active in the book community, you guys probably already know about Shadowhunters, but I couldn’t leave without mentioning it. We get bi rep, gay rep and one of the main secondary characters is asexual. Beyond that, the show is not flawless, but it it such fun.

There are several other shows that deserve a mention for their queerness: Elementary, (which does not have a LGBT+ main character, but does have them in the world – and one episode that actually deals with a poly relationship) Miss. Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, (whose titular best friend is a lesbian) Primeval: New World, (that has a main character that is attracted to the same gender) The Librarians, (which handles a bi girl fairly well, but buys into the toxic masculinity) and Warehouse 13 (which has a couple season each of a bi girl and a gay guy among the main cast).

I would love to know if there’s any shows with awesome LGBT+ rep that you think I missed!

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My Favorite Books with F/F Romance

Why are good F/F romance’s so hard to come by – not even going into the ones that just have it as a secondary plot? I am much less well read in this coupling than I’d like to be so while I’m recommending books with F/F romance to you, please feel free to recommend some to me.

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The Snow Queen’s Shadow by Jim C. Hines

This is book four of a four book series. No, they are not stand alone. Yes, there is a lesbian main character in all four books. No, this is the only one of the four that has a lesbian romance. Yes, this series is totally worth reading for badass ladies and a new take on fairytale retellings.

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Pembroke Park by Michelle Martin

I love historical romances – especially LGBT+ historical romances. This book borrows a lot from Austen and shows a level of knowledge about the Regency era that, while impressive, is not really something I look for in my historical rom’s. That being said, the story is fun and understated and feature’s a heroine that likes dressing as a man. (YMMV if that’s good or bad.)

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An Accident of stars by Foz Meadows

If you want LGBT+ friendly spec fiction, read this duology! I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is lovely and everything I wanted in a fantasy story. It also features a F/F romance between our main character and one of the secondary ladies. And lots of other queerness.

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Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman

Ms. Glassman is pretty much my go-to F/F romance author and this is without a doubt my favorite book of hers. (Check the other ones out, because there is a fantasy series in there.) This book is cute, Jewish and they bond over fanfiction and pickles. And pride flags. It’s super adorable and short so if you haven’t yet, read it!

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The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz

Lesbian, ace, robot romance in a cyberpunk setting. Very, very awesome. It’s short and takes it sweet time getting moving, but once our mains meet, they are great together and it’s such a peaceful, quite little story. (And I do mean little because this is not a long story at all.)

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Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger

Vampires and inventor’s and Ms. C’s usual steampunk shenanigans and hijinks. If you like Carriger, you’ve probably already read this book – if not, for shame – and if you’ve never read anything of hers, it’s silly, irreverent and over the top.

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A Hole in the World by Sophie Robbins

Fun, silly and takes pretty much any and all princess trope and runs with it for all it’s worth. The couple is super cute, but the friends are just as good and just as important to the story. Well, maybe not quite as important, considering our main girl is trying to explain why she can’t be the princess’s prince charming, but still. 😉

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Heart of Steel – Anthology

As this is an anthology it is pretty much all over the place in terms of quality and enjoyment, but each story features F/F in some shape and several of the stories are worth a read.

Honorable Mentions:

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee (though the sequel – that follows a minor character from this one – isn’t very good) and Dreadnought by April Daniels (though the book does have it’s problems and the sequel sounds horrifying) both had their problems, if you’re looking for F/F in YA, you might consider them, as neither was terrible.

Stay tuned next time for when I will switch things up a bit and have a list of amazing shows you should be watching for Pride month!

My Favorite Books with M/M Romance Not Written By Women

I’m very excited to kick off my Pride month plans with this list. Now, a few quick notes before we get to the recs: Most of these lists are going to be posted in the order I wrote them because I’m not done yet. I hope to have a list up ever Monday and Friday with Wednesday being discussion day. (If I manage to swing a Top 5 Wednesday list, or a Top Ten Tuesday, that might be subject to change, but I don’t plan on posting anything this month that isn’t directly Pride related.) At the end of the month, I will do an ‘in case you missed it’ in case you, well, missed a post. Finally, I love recommendations and this has just demonstrated how under-read I am in certain representations.

Specifically, with this list, I’m really kind of disappointed that I don’t have more books to list here. Now, don’t get me wrong, I genuinely love and adore all the books on this list, it’s just a fact that this is a woman dominated genre/subgenre. (I will be pulling together a list of my favorite M/M romances written by women later in the month.)

So, let’s get this list started!

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Zenith by Arshad Ahsanuddin

This is not a stand alone novel. It is completely unsatisfactory as a stand alone novel. As the first in a series though, it is pretty darn awesome. This book is also NOT A ROMANCE. I cannot stress this highly enough as it was the book that changed the working title of this post. There is romance in the book (both a M/M romance and a M/F/M triangle) but the focus is not on the romance. Instead it is on time travel. Which is all kinds of awesome. (And, admittedly, how both of the romances get very messed up because of time travel. Which is still awesome.) So, if you’re looking for LGBT+ friendly sci-fi, time travel and willing to commit to at least four books, read it! (Representation note: it’s not been confirmed or denied, but one of the main characters reads pan to me.)

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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Yup, even if everyone else hates this book, I kind of adore it. Though I will admit, it’s kind of a strange little book. It borrows from some dystopian world building, spy-thrillers and pretty much any teen CW show. It’s got a compelling main focus and a stellar supporting cast of friends. And, against all odds, that’s what this book is about: friends. There’s romance, don’t get me wrong, but the romance doesn’t save the day. The friends do. Very excited to see more from this author.

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The Christmas Wager by Jamie Fessenden

This is where my heart lays for romance novels (and this one is a romance novel, as opposed to the first two): historical. I love historical romances and this book is such a sweet one. The two guys are best friends, and it really has that friends-to-lovers feeling that I adore. The supporting cast is also wonderful so the only slight drawback is the historical inaccuracy. Far from a deal breaker for me, but I know it is for some people. If you’re looking for a light, fun, low angst historical romance though, this is highly recommended.

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Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler

This book is actually a little difficult to describe. It’s kind of a dystopian, magic-comes-back with zombies. … Yeah, that about sums it up. There’s elemental magic and zombies and romance and fae like creatures and… Well, I’d definitely say just read the book. Also, HUGE bonus points for being a YA where I really, genuinely like the main male character. (Which is why I haven’t read the sequel yet, because we change POV characters.)

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The Doctor’s Discretion by E.E. Ottoman

Another historical romance, this one set in New York City, and following a pair of doctors. While it is a romance, there’s also a lot of attention paid to more serious aspects of our doctors life in 1831: there are two trans characters and one of the doctors is (obviously, if you looked at the cover) black. While they do tackle some serious topics, it’s also a soft romance and I highly recommend it.

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The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang

Now we’re back to books that have romance, but aren’t romances. This is a fantasy story, more about the main character and his relationship to his sister and the (totally awesome) fantasy world that they live in than the romance. It’s short for a novel – 240 pages – and covers a lot of time, but was an interesting story with likable people. (Side note: the author is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.)

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Spy Stuff by Matthew J. Metzger

This is a slice of life high school story with a very cute and sweet romance. The main character is trans and his love interest has a totally angst free bi-awakening. There’s a lot of talking in this book about being trans, trans problems and long discussions between the romantic couple. What there isn’t is much angst or anything bad happening. (Except the estranged-ish father who is just a bad happening by being alive.) Light, tooth-rotting fluff but so, so cute.

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Hero by Perry Moore

One of the M/M and/or gay novels that seems to be on every single list. Over all, it’s an enjoyable read. But, it’s recommended with caveats. The main character can be unlikable at times. The superhero aspect borrows heavily from Marvel and DC – which is actually a mark for the pro’s side for me, but YMMV. There’s a lot of focus on the dysfunctional relationship between father and son. This is not, over all, a light book, but it was one that I did enjoy.

 

Do you have any books you’d add as recommendations? Stay tuned next time for me talking about #ownvoices authors and rep!

Most Popular Books That I’ve Read

After making a list of the most popular (based on the number of Goodreads ratings) books on my TBR, (found here) I knew that I wanted to do more lists of this type. I decided to do this on first, because I am actually really excited to see what books that I’ve read have the most Goodreads ratings. For the sake of continuity, I’m only including the books that I actually finished on this list. Also, I am leaving the seven Harry Potter books off the list, but know that they would be, in published order, books: 1 & 4 & 3 & 5 & 9 & 8 & 6.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2,483,941 Ratings – 4.25 Average
Is it strange that I kind of forgot about this book? I mean, I’m not surprised it’s at the top of the list now that I’ve remembered it, but I wouldn’t have predicted this. No, this is not my copy and I’m not even sure I can still find it. I know I don’t want to reread it.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
2,041,518 Ratings – 4.35 Average
…I…Kind of…forgot this book, too. But, I mean, I didn’t like it anyway, so I just removed it from my brain. (Attic theory.) So…erhm, not really much to say here.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
1,643,606 Ratings – 2.24 Average
I knew this book would be towards the top of this list. I liked this book, not a lot, but enough to buy more of the series. (And have enjoyed them quite a bit.) But, I knew that this was a popular book/series so no surprise to see it here.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
1,394,995 Ratings – 4.11 Average
Hmm… Yeah, not at all surprised this book’s on the list. Not surprised it’s pretty high, either. Mixed feels about this whole series, but if that was the original cover, I might not have written it off quite so soon.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
1,254,218 Ratings – 3.88 Average
Huh. I am suitably surprised to see this on the list. Especially this high. Though, I do remember when it first came out and that it was kind of a thing that the author was young. I wonder if his writing ever improved…

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
1,176,304 Ratings – 4.22 Average
If anything, I’m surprised this book isn’t higher. Seems like everyone’s read it and everyone – except me – loves it.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
877,052 Ratings – 4.02 Average
…I wonder how many people read this book because of the movie… Anyway, didn’t like the book, liked the movie only slightly more – probably because of Dylan O’Brien.

The Adventure’s of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
669,322 Ratings – 3.90 Average
This … might possibly be the first book I ever hated. I mean, it’s just ugh. Blech. The less said about it – and why the hell it has such a high average – the better.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire
647,697 Ratings – 4.20 Average
Did I mention how much this series is loved and hated – sometimes I think in equal measure, by people? Anyhow, not surprised so see it here.

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
627,478 Ratings – 4.24 Average
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the new covers this series has, because they are simply lovely. (Also, not surprised it’s here. Kind of surprised it’s not ahead of City of Ashes.)

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
609,885 Ratings – 4.25 Average
Let’s just say that I am very surprised to see this on the list. Very, very surprised. But, then again, this is the most popular/talked about Christie book. (Not my favorite.)

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
580,012 Ratings – 4.33 Average
I’m kind of surprised this book’s so high. I didn’t really expect any books from this series of Clare’s to show up here, because it’s not as loved as her first one. (I like this one more.)

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
577,829 Ratings – 4.35 Average
Once again, Clare and Riordan traveling together. So, I shouldn’t be surprised that this is here. In fact, I’m kind of not. At all.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
565,613 Ratings – 4.15 Average
First impression is that I am shocked this book made this list. Second impression is that I shouldn’t have been so shocked, because I remember the love and fans this series had/has. So…yeah.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
497,521 Ratings – 4.13 Average
(lol, don’t like any of the covers for this book. Guess this is the best of the bunch.) Shocked that this book is here. I never thought it would made the list and I had no idea it was this popular.

And there we go, the fifteen books on my read shelf that has the most ratings at Goodreads. I’ve got at least one more post like this that I want to do – only on the books with the highest average ratings, so get prepared for a lot of under-loved books!

Five Author’s Who I Won’t Be Giving Anymore Chances Too

I had two different ideas for this list and decided to combine them together into this one. Basically, this is either author’s I hit a book bad enough that I have zero interest in ever reading again, or author’s that I tried, was less than impressed and have – you guessed it – zero interest in trying again.

Also, this covers the last few years – because if I went back to all the author’s I’ve read, not only would that list be huge, but most of them would be irrelevant.

Sarah J. Maas

Books Read: Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight

So, I fall into an odd category with this author. I loved her first book but the longer I’m away from her second, the more I hate it. (Originally reviewed for 3 stars, dropped to 2 on Goodreads and if I was the sort to keep changing my ratings, it’d be down to 1.) So, while I hated the second book, it’s more because of hearing about subsequent books in the series and her A Court of Thorns and Roses make me realize that this is so not the author for me. (Abuse = love? -Or whatever the hell this is supposed to be- No thanks.)

Jen Turano

Books Read: Gentleman of her Dreams, A Change of Fortune, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, A Talent for Trouble & A Match of Wits. (AKA: The entire Ladies of Distinction series.)

Beyond the fact that I struggle to read Christian fiction anymore – and I will not get into religion on my blog. Something I have promised myself – I would never pick up another book by this author or even buy one for my mom. Mostly because all her books that I’ve read follow the same pattern (stoic man/manic pixie dream girl romance) but also because to fit this mould, she completely assassinated a character between one book and the next.

K.J. Charles

Books Read: The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh, A Fashionable Indulgence, A Seditious Affair, A Gentleman’s Position (AKA: The entire Society of Gentlemen series) & The Magpie Lord

The Magpie Lord has rape undertones, rape overtones and is pretty much just rape-y. Also, the ‘bonus’ short story with the same couple is pretty explicitly rape. Just because too much of society thinks ‘a man cannot be raped’ does not mean that’s in any way accurate. And, as a prolific M/M author, Charles should know better. On an unrelated note, I also enjoyed every book of hers that I read significantly less than the previous one.

Elise Kova

Books Read: Air Awakens & Fire Falling (dabbled in Earth’s End just enough)

So, let me take you through the budding romantic relationship in the first three books. He and she are friends. The build each other up, and support each other and are there for each other. It grows into a romantic connection. Their situation makes it difficult, but it’s worth it. Then he calls her a ‘whore’ and a ‘slut’ because she’s spending too much time with his brother. Even accusing her of sleeping with both brothers and then going after their father because she’s ‘had both brothers.’ This, folks, is the endgame romance. Think about that for a moment and tell me that this is how women should respect themselves.

Charlie N. Holmberg

Books Read: The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician & The Master Magician (AKA: The entire The Paper Magician series)

While I had some of my usual problems with a disappointing, lackluster finale to a series with this one, the real deal breaker was the romantic relationship and how it was handled. While for the first two books it kind of fell in the ‘hot for teacher’ group, the third book saw them getting together. While the age difference itself didn’t bother me, the obvious power imbalance, her basically turning into his housekeeper/cook/maid/assistant, and the fact that it easily destroyed her personality all did.

 

While I do have more authors that belong on this list, I figured that five was a good place to stop. Maybe sometime later I’ll add a few more and do another list. How about you? What authors are you done with?

TV Shows I Need to Watch in 2019

I was browsing around last week and got this idea over at  The Fictional Reader. Sometimes I can get as drawn into my shows as I do my books, so I thought I’d make a list of the shows I have to watch/catch up on this year.

The Librarians season 4

Love the show and am super sad that it got canceled. But, at the same time, I am so looking forward to getting to finish it.

The Shannara Chronicles season 2

…Didn’t think I’d like this show as much as I do. Of course, it’s kind of like a couple other shows on this list: canceled way before it should have been.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 3

Strange to think that I’m usually a Marvel girl, and yet my favorite superhero TV show so far is DC. Just this one, though, because I think The Arrow and The Flash have both finally lost me. (But this show is all kinds of awesome!)

The Magicians season 3

This show is just so unexpected and unique and good. While it’s a very mature show – I mean, I’m certainly not going to recommend it to my mom, because of the free use of curse words and the very frank discussions/depictions of sex – it’s also mature it how it handles things – especially the aforementioned sex.

Lost Girl season 1

I’ve actually been interested in this show for years and never took the plunge of buying it on DVD. Now I can get it on Netflix and I can’t quite figure out what’s stopping me.

Killjoys season 2

And this is part of why I want to watch Lost Girl, because they’re from the same creator. Anyway, this show is a lot of fun and I pretty much adore Dutch. (It’s true, we all do.)

Sense8 season 1

I…have been ‘watching’ this show for the better part of four months and only made two or three episodes. I like the show, but I’ve not taken the time to get involved in it. Partially because it’s really in depth, but also because I’m always thrown that this comes from my creator of Babylon 5 as well as the folks that did The Matrix movies. (Which movies I couldn’t stand.)

Shadowhunters season 3

I cannot tell you how disappointed I was when I heard this show got canceled. I mean, it’s not a perfect show by any means, but it’s fun and diverse and I’m just sorry to see it go.

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Miss. Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series 3

Started watching mostly because I love the music from the 20’s-40’s. Kept watching because I’ve fallen a little in love with Miss Fisher. And because I still love the music.

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Wynonna Earp season 1

I keep telling myself to watch this show, and I keep forgetting it. Maybe this time I’ll remember it. Anyway, it sounds awesome and kind of gay. (Which is awesome all on it’s own.)

Hey! Ten shows and I didn’t even try to get an even ten. There’s probably a couple more could add (season 4 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and season 1 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine come to mind, but I hardly watch half-hour comedies anymore) but this is a good idea of what I should be watching for the next few months.

What shows are you looking forward to (finally) watching this year? Any of these? Or maybe you already love some of these shows and think I’m just being slow getting to them?

My Sci-Fi Book Recommendations

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Being totally honest, I consider myself somewhat inexperienced when it comes to sci-fi. Looking at my Goodreads shelves, I’ve got about a third as much sci-fi as I do fantasy – which, considering that fantasy has been my favorite genre for half my life, is actually pretty good.

So, I’ve went through my list of almost one hundred sci-fi books, culled out the ones that I liked when I read them and know I wouldn’t now, and put together a list of my favorite sci-fi books that I’d recommend to everyone!

Middle Grade – Near Future, Earth

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The Inventor’s Secret by Chad Morris

Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don’t read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn’t around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar.

Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twin siblings Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather’s inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, the twins begin following a trail of clues left by their grandfather. They must find out where their family is, learn who they can trust, and discover what secrets are hidden within Cragbridge Hall.

Abby and Derick soon realize they are caught in a race with a fierce adversary to discover their grandfather’s greatest secret–a dangerous discovery that could alter both history and reality.

Young Adult – Far Future, Space & Other Worlds

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Starflight by Melissa Landers

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

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Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

Young Adult – Alternate Universe, Earth

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Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Years ago, everything changed. Phantoms, massive beasts of nightmare, began terrorizing the world. At the same time four girls, the Effigies, appeared, each with the unique power to control a classical element. Since then, they have protected the world from the Phantoms. At the death of one Effigy, another is chosen, pulled from her normal life into the never-ending battle.

When Maia unexpectedly becomes the next Fire Effigy, she resists her new calling. A quiet girl with few friends and almost no family, she was much happier to admire the Effigies from afar. Never did she imagine having to master her ability to control fire, to protect innocent citizens from the Phantoms, or to try bringing together the other three Effigies.

But with the arrival of the mysterious Saul—a man who seems to be able to control the Phantoms using the same cosmic power previously only granted to four girls at a time—Maia and the other Effigies must learn to work together in a world where their celebrity is more important than their heroism.

But the secrets Saul has, and the power he possesses, might be more than even they can handle…

Young Adult – Far Future, Earth

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Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

Jarra is stuck on Earth while the rest of humanity portals around the universe. But can she prove to the norms that she’s more than just an Earth Girl?

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

Telepath by Janet Edwards

Amber is one of over a million eighteen-year-olds in one of the great hive cities of twenty-sixth century Earth. She’s about to enter the Lottery of 2532, which will assess her abilities and decide her hive level, her profession, her whole future life. Amber’s dream is to be level 10 or above, her nightmare is to be a level 99 Sewage Technician.

When Lottery discovers Amber is a rare and precious telepath, she must adapt to a new life protecting the people of the crowded hive city. Her job is hunting down criminals before they commit their crimes, but she doesn’t know she’s being hunted herself.

Adult – Far Future, Military

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Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff

In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation – at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war… — Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr was a battle-hardened professional. So when she and those in her platoon who’d survived the last deadly encounter with the Others were yanked from a well-deserved leave for what was supposed to be “easy” duty as the honor guard for a diplomatic mission to the non-Confederation world of the Silsviss, she was ready for anything.

At first it seemed that all she’d have to contend with was bored troops getting into mischief, and breaking in the new Second Lieutenant who had been given command of her men.

Sure, there’d been rumors of the Others – the sworn enemies of the Confederation – being spotted in this sector of space. But there were always rumors. The key thing was to recruit the Silsviss into the Confederation before the Others either attacked or claimed this lizardlike race of warriors for their own side. And everything seemed to be going perfectly. Maybe too perfectly…

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

Cheris’s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress.

The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao–because she might be his next victim.

Adult – Far Future, Aliens

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Earthrise by M.C.A. Hogarth

Reese Eddings has enough to do just keeping her rattletrap merchant vessel, the TMS Earthrise, profitable enough to pay food for herself and her micro-crew. So when a mysterious benefactor from her past shows up demanding she rescue a man from slavers, her first reaction is to say “NO!” And then to remember that she sort of promised to repay the loan. But she doesn’t remember signing up to tangle with pirates and slavers over a space elf prince… Book 1 of the Her Instruments trilogy is a rollicking space operatic adventure set in the Pelted Paradox universe.

Mindtouch by M.C.A. Hogarth

Seersana University is worlds-renowned for its xenopsychology program, producing the Alliance’s finest therapists, psychiatric nurses and alien researchers. When Jahir, one of the rare and reclusive Eldritch espers, arrives on campus, he’s unprepared for the challenges of a vast and multicultural society… but fortunately, second-year student Vasiht’h is willing to take him under his wing. Will the two win past their troubles and doubts and see the potential for a once-in-a-lifetime partnership?

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Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines

When the Krakau came to Earth, they planned to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species.

This would have worked out better for all involved if they hadn’t arrived after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.

The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn their ships around and go home. After all, it’s hard to establish diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.

Their second impulse was to try to fix us.

A century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they’re no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly.

Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack by an alien race wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.

Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her assortment of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship, but flying the damn thing is another matter. As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance.

A conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago…

Adult – Far Future, Time Travel

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Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan

The future is coming…for some, sooner than others.

Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing, but when faced with a terminal illness, he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. He could find more than a cure for his illness; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began…but only if he can survive Hollow World.

Steampunk

I’m sure some people don’t consider steampunk as science fiction, and it can be a very difficult sub genre to place, but I have decided to include a few steampunk books on this recommendation list for several reasons. The first is that I love steampunk, of course! The other reasons are that some steampunk books are, in a historical way, easy to consider sci-fi. The rules I laid for myself are that I can have steampunk on this list if: 1] it is set on Earth; (which leaves the awesome Tales of the Ketty Jay series off) and 2] it is not more urban fantasy than sci-fi (which leaves everything by the amazing Gail Carriger off).

What I was then left with was a short list and a deep knowledge that I need to be reading more steampunk. (And that I definitely need to read more adult steampunk because all the books that fit that criteria were/are YA…)

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Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

I was in an accident. I got out. I’m safe now.

An alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.

A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.

A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all.

A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.

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The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns–and the heroines who use them all

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

 

If you guys would like to know anything specific about these books, just ask! Or if you want to leave me recommendations, those are always great!

TBR Maintenice (AKA: these are the books I pulled off my to-read shelf at Goodreads)

I used to do twice yearly maintenance on my Goodreads shelves, specifically the ‘want to read’ one and it’s been ages since I did that. I figured now was as good a time as any and, especially considering the light posts I’ve had lately, I’d let you guys know what I’ve been removing.

I’d love to know if any of these are books you’ve read or want to read and your thoughts on them!

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Sovereign by April Daniels

Why?

I had fun with the first book in this series about a trans superhero – but even with the first one, there were problems. I thought the whole ‘magical transformation’ was … tasteless. Okay, so, I’m not trans, so maybe I don’t have a right to say this, but (and I’m going to anyway) I dislike the ‘character is trans, but it’s okay because they have superpowers/special abilities to give themselves the body they always should have had.’ (I’ve actually read about two trans superheroes – the only trans superheroes I’ve read about – and they BOTH have this ability!) So, by this point, I think I was just looking for a reason not to read this book, and it came in the form of a review that basically said … hmm … let’s go with, this book suffers from extreme feminism. That plus the villain doing their thing again – which I’d heard from plenty of other reviews – and those are reasons enough. (And, honestly, this book has been on my TBR for so long already and I keep passing it for something else because there’s always been a part of me that suspected that I wouldn’t really like it.)

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale

Why?

Honestly, I have a few reasons. If Gale hadn’t wrote a hockey romance series, this book would have never even been on my radar. The explicit nature of musicians don’t work for me – all the musical romances I’ve read (save one) has been very sex, drugs and rock and roll and that’s … really not for me. Finally… I’ve heard some pretty uncomplimentary things about Gale’s behavior towards fans. Also, all her newer books sound like very much not my thing. (I might still read more in her hockey series, if I remember it/she ever publishes more, but for now, this is an author I’m done with.)

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Age of War by Michael J. Sullivan

Why?

This one actually hurts me a little. If you know me, you’ll know that for several years, Sullivan was my favorite author and to so completely loose interest in his fantasy writing…does truly hurt. Okay, the other two books in this series were not my favorites of his by a long shot. The people didn’t catch my attention, the story itself is super dense and it’s more of the straight white cis people doing straight white cis people things. (The only good thing here is that Sullivan has created a story that is pretty heavy with strong women. Now, if only I liked them.) I think the final straw was reading Hollow World by Sullivan, which is is only foray into science fiction and, without a doubt, my favorite book of his. Seeing how well he can handle gender and sexuality issues makes me sad that his fantasy books don’t have any of it. (I’ll definitely read more of his work if they get out of the ‘generic fantasy setting’ – but, for now, I’m done.)

The Radical Element anthology

Why?

I was kind of already thinking that I’d give this collection a pass – most of them are too recent for me to really enjoy as I don’t like ‘history’ stories from the nineteen hundreds, usually – but then… Well, I read a review that stated there is no F/F romance. I know, that’s probably a silly reason to pass, but given how uncertain I was already, it was enough. (I just feel really strongly that any anthology that is celebrating girls is remiss to not have F/F romances.)

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Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

Why?

I’ve kind of jumped around in the Discworld a bit. I’ve read a few in the Guards series, one in the Death series and a couple more that I don’t know where they fit. I latched on to this one because it’s a riff on a supposed Chinese curse (and a saying that I love) and I thought it’d be fun to see the Chinese Discworld. Well, I thought I’d do some research first – because I could also see how racist this could be – and found some enlightening reviews. (Click on the text to go to the review the quote is from.)

Interesting Times just isn’t funny–unless you like jokes about rape; jokes about paralysis and deafness; jokes involving ageism; fat jokes; China and Japan being smooshed together in a fantasy conglomerate; scenes in which the tonal quality of Asian languages is mocked; scenes in which freed Agatean [(the aforementioned China/Japan smoosh)] captives call an old white man “Master”; the Agateans do not end up ruling themselves–instead an old white barbarian does, and it’s implied that this will be much better for Agatea.

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I could not laugh at an 86 years old character, confined to a wheelchair and seemingly deaf, who cannot remember that “ you are supposed to rape women and loot cities, and not the other way round” – this is just a random example of what counts as satire in this novel.

I might be reading more Pratchett – but definitely not this one.

The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancey

Why?

I put the book on my list because it’s lesbians in space! *cough* Okay, so I did add it because of the promise of a lesbian science fiction. I removed it because a lot of the less favorable reviews say it’s very…info-dumpy. Like everything is over explained and there’s so much focus on that, there’s not a lot on the characters. And, for me, even my spec fiction, I NEED character driven stories, not…world building heavy things.

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Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox

Why?

Interestingly enough, I’m pretty sure the reason I added it: set in 687 and about (as near as I can tell) gay Vikings. At the time I added it, I thought it sounded cool. Now I’m looking at it and going ‘really? you think you’re going to read that and that you’ll like it if you do?’ This is so very, very much not the sort of thing I’ll ever read.

Dragon Slayer by Isabella Carter

Why?

Because it’s titled as the first in a series and it’s been five years without signs of a second one. Because the author wrote a how to book that’s titled: How To Make A Man Fall In Love With You: Use This Advice to Make a Man to Fall in Love with You! (How To Make A Man Fall In Love With You books, fall in love, fall in love for life) … Do I even need to comment on that one?

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The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin

Why?

Honestly, I love the sounds of this book, but when I look at if I would actually ever read it… Yeah, no. I mean, it’s a mystery – which I no longer read often and usually don’t enjoy when a book has mystery as a subgenre. (Because they are so poorly written.) It’s a M/F romance – which…I gotta admit, I hardly ever read because the sexism makes me angry. And this book has the potential to be rife with sexism. No thanks. (Quote from the goodreads synopsis: Yet his position means that all she could ever be to him is his concubine—will she sacrifice her pride to follow her heart? *blinks* Okay then. Because that’s exactly what I want to read.)

 

So, I was thinking I’d be getting probably twenty books off my list but, by the time I reached nine … I’m actually pretty sure I’ll read most if not all of the books that are still on my list. I still need to do some cleaning, and organizing, because they are severely a mess and all jumbled, but for now…Yeah, I’m happy with what I accomplished.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and think my assessment is totally wrong and that I have to read it – or if you are interested in reading any of these books.

The Last Ten Books I Added to My TBR

I hope you guys like my lists as much as I do, because I’ve got another one coming at you. (Yeah, I know, it probably doesn’t make up for no reviews, but, real life being the way it is, I think we’ll be stuck like this for awhile.) This time, I wanted to share with you guys the last books I added to my TBR.

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In Midnight’s Silence by T. Frohock

A lyrical tale in a world of music and magic, T. Frohock’s In Midnight’s Silence –the first novella in the Los Nefilim series–shows the lengths a man will go to save the people he loves, and the sides he’ll choose when the sidelines are no longer an option.

The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind…

Born of an angel and a daimon, Diago Alvarez is a singular being in a country torn by a looming civil war and the spiritual struggle between the forces of angels and daimons. With allegiance to no one but his partner Miquel, he is content to simply live in Barcelona, caring only for the man he loves and the music he makes. Yet, neither side is satisfied to let him lead this domesticated life and, knowing they can’t get to him directly, they do the one thing he’s always feared.

They go after Miquel.

Now, in order to save his lover’s life, he is forced by an angel to perform a gruesome task: feed a child to the daimon Moloch in exchange for a coin that will limit the extent of the world’s next war. The mission is fraught with danger, the time he has to accomplish it is limited…and the child he is to sacrifice is the son Diago never knew existed.

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush, atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies, and sacrifice.

Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest.

Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.

Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out.

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Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Live fast, die young.

Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.

When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants – and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.

It’s time to take a walk on the wyld side.

Villains Don’t Date Heroes by Mia Archer

Night Terror. The greatest villain Starlight City has ever known. The greatest supervillain the world has ever seen. She rules her city with an iron fist, and there are no new worlds to conquer.

Needless to say life is pretty damn boring.

All that changes when she decides to shake things up by robbing a bank the old fashioned way and runs into the city’s newest hero: Fialux. Flying Fialux. Invulnerable Fialux. Super strong Fialux. Beautiful Fialux?

Night Terror has a new archenemy who might just be able to defeat her, but even more terrifying are the confusing feelings this upstart heroine has ignited. She doesn’t like heroes like that. She definitely doesn’t like girls like that. Right? Only she can’t deny the flutter she feels whenever she thinks of Starlight City’s newest heroine!

The line between hate and love is a razor’s edge that the world’s greatest villainess will have to walk if she wants to hold onto that title!

Villains Don’t Date Heroes! is a lesbian scifi romance novel that explores the world of villains, antiheroes, and heroes in a whole new way!

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The Winter Spirit by Indra Vaughn

Nathaniel O’Donnelly likes his life quiet, his guests happy, and his ghosts well-behaved.

Although a boyfriend wouldn’t go amiss. Someone to share his beautiful B&B with, even if it is in the middle of nowhere and he’s long past the wrong side of thirty. Problem is, Nathaniel’s living with a ghost who thinks he’s cupid, and whose arrows fly a little too straight.

Gabriel Wickfield had the unfortunate luck of dying before his time, and now he’s stuck trying to make romance happen to earn his right to move along. Not that he’s bored in the meantime—Nathaniel is just too easy to tease. And also a little bit scrumptious…

With the curse reaching its expiration date, Gabriel needs to make a final match this Christmas. Without it, nothing but darkness awaits.

Love can conquer all, but can it beat death?

The Persistence of Memory by Jordan Castillo Price

Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father’s heart.

The two of them have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like Big Dan remembers.

They’re both professionals in the memory field–they even run their own memory palace. So shouldn’t they be able to figure out a way to overwrite the persistent false memory that’s wreaking havoc on both of their lives? Daniel thought he was holding it together, but the situation is sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, reminding him he hasn’t had a date in ages by taunting him with flashes of an elusive man in black that only he can see.

The Elijah character makes no sense. Not only does he claim to be straight–which has never piqued Daniel’s interest–but he’s appearing in manufactured memories in which he’s never been programmed. Is it some quirk of the circuitry, or is Daniel’s desire to connect with someone clouding his own memory?

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The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.

Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam’s pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King’s Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

When Sam is fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.

At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.

Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can’t control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan’s boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.

Or so he thinks.

The Castaway Prince by Isabelle Adler

Ostracized by his family for his sexual identity, Prince Stephan is forced to flee his homeland before his older brother ascends the throne.

Stephan has been drawn to feminine things for as long as he can remember, so when the dire need for secrecy arises, he seizes the chance to don the perfect disguise. With the help of his loyal servant, Stephan picks his way through hostile territory, hiding his identity by posing as a woman. His only hope for asylum lies with the man who had been his friend and lover three years ago. But when that man also happens to be the crown prince of a rival country, things are a bit more complicated.
With war looming on the horizon, the danger of discovery grows by the moment. With all odds stacked against him, will Stephan find a safe place where he can be his true self, or is he doomed to remain a castaway?

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The Abyss Surrounds us by Emily Skrutskie

Cas has fought pirates her entire life. But can she survive living among them?

For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

Ardulum: First Don by J.S. Fields

Ardulum. The planet that vanishes. The planet that sleeps.

Neek makes a living piloting the dilapidated tramp transport, Mercy’s Pledge, and smuggling questionable goods across systems blessed with peace and prosperity. She gets by—but only just. In her dreams, she is still haunted by thoughts of Ardulum, the traveling planet that, long ago, visited her homeworld. The Ardulans brought with them agriculture, art, interstellar technology…and then disappeared without a trace, leaving Neek’s people to worship them as gods.

Neek does not believe—and has paid dearly for it with an exile from her home for her heretical views.

Yet, when the crew stumbles into an armed confrontation between the sheriffs of the Charted Systems and an unknown species, fate deals Neek an unexpected hand in the form of a slave girl—a child whose ability to telepathically manipulate cellulose is reminiscent of that of an Ardulan god. Forced to reconcile her beliefs, Neek chooses to protect her, but is the child the key to her salvation, or will she lead them all to their deaths?

 

So…What was the last book you added to your TBR? Have you read any of these? Do you want to? (I feel like all except maybe two of them will be like ‘huh, what’s that?’)

Most Popular Books on My TBR

I don’t know how long I’ve had this idea saved to my computer, but I found the idea over at Howling Libraries. The idea is thus: go to your Goodreads shelf of ‘want to read’ books, sort by number of ratings, and share. I’m honestly really, really curious to see what I’ve got. (Because I read a lot of books that I know aren’t popular.)

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City of Glass by Cassandra Claire
697,175 Ratings – 4.33 Average
…Yup. I knew this one would be in the top two of my list. I actually plan to read it soon-ish, because I kind of totally want to finish the book series before I finish the tv series.

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
561,778 Ratings – 4.34 Average
Is it strange that I thought this would have been the most popular book on my TBR? Anyway…I’ve been enjoying the series and there’s some of Riordan’s never work that has really caught my eye.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
187,882 Ratings – 4.15 Average
This is a book I actually already own, that I bought, lost interest in and have finally decided to give it a real shot.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
164,372 Ratings – 4.46 Average
*shifty eyes* Is it okay if I say I’d forgotten this book was even on my list? And look at that nosedive in the ratings from the last two.

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
102,229 Ratings – 4.04 Average
Not too surprised about this. I mean, I know how popular urban fantasy is and this is a fairly well known author in the genre.

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
40,233 Ratings – 4.17 Average
And, now, after only five books, we are out of the hundred thousands. This book is one that I started, read somewhere 148 pages and stopped because the book wasn’t what I expected. Now I’m going to try again, going into the story with my eyes open.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
39,814 Ratings – 3.93 Average
Another book that I bought and lost interest in before reading it and that I’m going to try again with. It also has the dubious honor of being the first book on the list to average less than four Goodreads stars.

Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett
35,981 Ratings – 4.18 Average
I’m actually surprised it’s this low. I mean, maybe it’s just because I spend so much time in the fantasy world , but it feels like everyone talks about the Discworld books.

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
21,416 Ratings – 3.92 Average
*blinks* I…really didn’t expect to see this book on the list. Then again, I didn’t think the numbers would be dropping down this low…

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
20,304 Ratings – 4.01 Average
Okay, this list was a little more embarrassing than I thought it’d be, because I thought I could at least keep in the hundred thousands. Needless to say, I didn’t think this book would be here, either. As it sits, I don’t even have five more books on my TBR that is over 10,000 Goodreads ratings.

So…Do I actually need to be interested in more popular books? Is this list totally fine and I should keep on keeping on? On a side note, have you read any of these books? And what would your list look like? (And now I want to make a list of the most popular books that I’ve already read. Hmm…)